Perspective | IPCC Paints a Bleak Picture for Water – But There is a Way ForwardKirsten James – March 22, 2022The latest report from the Int...Perspective | IPCC Paints a Bleak Picture for Water – But There is a Way Forward
Kirsten James – March 22, 2022
The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — the world’s leading scientists on the climate crisis — painted a grim picture. It warned that almost across the board, the world stands on the precipice of unavoidable and irreversible adverse impacts from rising temperatures.
Drowned out in the rush of initial media coverage were the report’s findings on the havoc that the rapidly changing climate is already wreaking on the world’s water resources – a crisis that will only grow dramatically with the current trajectory of global warming.
The science is clear: the climate crisis is directly impacting the global water cycle and the distribution and availability of freshwater around the world, acting as a threat multiplier to the existing and severe water crisis, further stretching water resources and systems. For example, it is disrupting and speeding up global water cycles that drive precipitation and weather patterns in every corner of the planet. Climate change has also caused substantial damages – and irreversible losses – across water ecosystems.